Tag Archives: Mental Health

Focusing on Mental Health in the First Year of Addiction Recovery
Going from addiction to sobriety is best thought of not as an event, but as a journey. Initially, the focus of attention is on rehab: Is rehab really necessary? If so, what kind and for how long? Rehab is thought of as the place where people get sober and turn their lives around, and this is true. It’s also true that the recovery process continues for several months after leaving an addiction rehab center. This is why it’s so important to select a drug and alcohol treatment center that has an addiction recovery program that is designed to help clients learn how to ...

How Cognitive Dissonance Plays a Role in Addiction
Cognitive dissonance is the tension that is perceived by the conflict of a belief and an opposing desire with which the mind is faced. This inconsistency produces discomfort and anxiety. We are driven to reconcile those conflicting thoughts, beliefs and desires or behaviors to preserve harmony in our minds and make ourselves feel rationally better. Three Ways the Individual Can Resolve the Conflict: Change the behavior to match more closely to one’s beliefs. The individual just stops doing whatever is causing the dissonance. Change the beliefs to match the behavior. This is most commonly used by addicts. Keep the original beliefs, but add a ...